The morning after turncoat Sen. Joe Lieberman looked longingly into the camera at the RNC and appealed to independent-minded Democrats to consider voting for John McCain, the Obama campaign rolled out a list of Washington Republicans for their candidate. Most notable among them is Bill Ruckelshaus, the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. It's a nice get in a state that loves its handful of revered moderate Republican leaders. Ruckelshaus, who also served as acting director of the FBI and U.S. deputy attorney general under Republican administrations, came to Washington in 1985. He's now the strategic director of the Madrona Venture Group, which finds funding for Northwest-based technology start-ups.
"While I have voted for Republicans all of my life, I am voting for Senator Obama in this election because, when it comes to the future of our country, the stakes are too high. Senator Obama has a specific plan that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, grow our economy, and tackle climate change. Senator Obama’s New Energy for America Plan will invest $150 billion over the next ten years to encourage private efforts to develop clean energy technologies in a clean energy future. Not only is it Obama’s intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, but his plan should create millions of new green jobs.”
While it's nice press for Obama's Washington offices, they've got to be hoping that the announcement will generate more excitement where it's really needed-- Ruchkelshaus' home state of Indiana.